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Kilcoole Main Street & Housing Plan needs changing

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Bord Pleanala has received a Strategic Housing Development  Application for 262 homes and some Commercial Units. Applications for over 100 houses go direct to the Bord and this is the first one in Wicklow under this new procedure. While houses are welcome this plan needs drastic changing. I have asked the Bord to make major changes to the scheme. It was intended that this area would be a Town Centre for the large village of Kilcoole, population about 5,000. This does not seem to be a Town Centre and the…

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DART timetable mess reducing rail usage from Greystones

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Chief  Executive National Transport Authority. Dear Sir/Madam, DART timetable mess reducing rail usage from Greystones The new timetable has increased the average scheduled journey time at rush hour to 61 mins. from Connolly (15% increase).  Some run late by 5 minutes, have  less carriages and now do not meet the unaltered bus connections from Kilcoole and Delgany. Many people are very frustrated and have transferred from rail to road. An urgent review is needed to get the DART & connections back on track. DART performance. The previous scheduled time from…

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New DART timetable produces worse service to Greystones.

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Following many complaints from Residents I checked the performance of Greystones rush hour DARTs yesterday the 12th September. The morning rush hour services and most evening ones were on time and DARTs were 8 cars long. However the early evening train was only 4 cars and was very delayed. Many Greystones people could not get on and were left behind or had  a very crushed journey. There are no extra Greystones trains and it is essential all rush hour ones are 8 cars. I have written to the Chief Executive of…

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Mitchell plan to provide more Greystones DARTs discussed with NTA

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Cllr Derek Mitchell produced a plan to allow more DART services on the single track to Greystones. The National Transport Authority is interested in implementing this and has asked Jacobs Engineering to check it in detail and see if it is feasible. ‘I met the Investment Director of the NTA and pointed out to him, on the DART, how I think it can be done. The consultant was supposed to be there but his flight was cancelled. However he will be fully briefed by the NTA’ said Cllr Mitchell. ‘I…

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NTA public consultation about Bus Connects changes 7th/13th September

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The NTA will hold public consultation about the Bus Connects changes in Tesco Greystones on 13th September from 2 to 8 pm. Also Tesco Bray on 7th September. Please make your comments to them. Response from NTA to my submission of points from meetings held: Thank you for your email of yesterday setting out the feedback from the various information and consultation meetings that you have held with your colleagues. The suggestions and comments are exactly the kind of feedback we seek, with clear suggestions for consideration.  We will go through them…

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Bus Connects Submission of responses from 3 information meetings held by Cllr Derek Mitchell, Minister Simon Harris and Alice O’Donnell

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Whale Theatre, Greystones 26th July. Attendance 95 Newcastle, 7th August, Attendance 45 Kilcoole, 8th August. Attendance 40 Many points were raised but in general it was felt Bus Connects produces a better bus service for the area. Some points directly relevant to Bus Connects which should be changed: Considerable concern in Kilpeddar/Willow Grove that the bus will not serve. I think that it should still go through, Northbound (201 route), as it only will add about 2 minutes to the journey. Deletion of the 2 84x services outside peak. This…

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Mitchell objects to Road designed ad hoc way

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 For years I have been pressing for the Delgany to Blacklion road to be built through. Initially planned in 1989 bits have been built since as part of estates. A planning application near St. Laurence’s School for 70 houses also plans a central part of the road. However it doesn’t meet the new road at either end and I am objecting to this ad hoc way of designing a road. The Council should design the rest of the road at the same time so it all fits together. I am…

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Bus changes good for Greystones – public information & consultation meetings in August

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A detailed plan to change & improve all Dublin Bus routes has been prepared. These are on www.busconnects.ie and public consultation ends on 14th September, with implementation towards end 2019. Minister Simon Harris, Alice O’Donnell and I are holding public information & consultation meetings about changes in this area. Please come along and give us your views;  Greystones, Whale Theatre, Thursday 26th July 7.30 pm. Newcastle Community Centre, Tuesday 7th August 7.30 pm. Kilcoole, Forester’s Hall Wednesday 8th August 7.30 pm. These changes include: An around Greystones Service every 30…

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Mitchell concerned that Bus route changes are worse for Greystones/Kilcoole

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I am going to an NTA briefing but am concerned that it is based on wrong information and will produce a worse service: Questions to NTA. 1. The existing DART frequency Bray Greystones is shown as 20 mins. In fact it is 30 mins. At the last briefing, a year or so ago, I specifically corrected this point, which was discussed, when you had it 15 min. It seems incredible that this important fact is AGAIN wrong and calls into question the whole procedure. 2. The proposed Greystones DART frequency…

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